Warning regarding Avast
Installing the Avast anti-virus program now prevents AstrolDeluxe from running. Two long-time AstrolDeluxe customers experienced this problem in September, 2023. Even after uninstalling Avast, it had made some change to their computers that prevents AstrolDeluxe from running. A customer traced the problem to an AVG/Avast update in late August. Two customers have suggested going to the firewall settings in Avast and either disabling the firewall or selecting to Allow All for AstrolDeluxe. Carl Miller contacted me with this solution. "John, If they have System Restore enabled, after removing Avast, they should be able to restore their system to a restore point BEFORE AVAST WAS INSTALLED and that should revert any system changes that Avast made. Basically, click start, search for System Restore, then click through to choose a restore point BEFORE Avast was installed. They may have to click "Show more restore points" to see all the available restore points. Hope this helps!" It may be sufficient to return to a restore point from before the AVG/Avast update. If you cannot find an early enough system restore point, then another customer, Luis Fernández, tells me that after running the Avast uninstall program, he used the Ccleaner program to clean the system registry. Then restart Windows and see if you can run AstrolDeluxe. If not, then download and install the Antivirus Removal Tool, which in Options allows selecting Avast as the program whose last traces you want to remove. If necessary, temporarily disable Windows Defender in order to install the tool for selecting and completely removing Avast.
The BitDefender anti-virus program is less well-known, but it is like Norton in interfering with installation of AstrolDeluxe. I was corresponding with a customer who had three different computers and only had a problem on the computer with BitDefender. The Windows Defender from Microsoft that comes with Windows 10 and Windows 11 is not a problem. If your new computer is bundled with a 3rd-party anti-virus program and you notice the computer spontaneously returning to a virgin state, losing your settings, then go into Add/Remove Programs and completely remove that anti-virus program.
Did your new Windows computer not come with a built-in CD drive? Most customers decide that if they get an external DVD/CD drive, which start around $20 on Amazon, that they will find other uses for such a drive down the road.
A customer who got AstrolDeluxe working fine on his new M1 Mac by using UTM to install Win XP found it helpful to have a CD-RW drive that is equally visible to both the Mac and to Windows XP. He recommends the Ploveyy External CD DVD Drive USB-C Superdrive Portabl CD/DVD ROM Optical Drive Player Reader Writer Burner for Mac MacBook Pro Air iMac Windows 10 Laptop Desktop (Silver) for $39.99. After you download UTM from the Mac web site, and then start it up, it asks if you want to do virtualization or emulation. Virtualization= you have an intel chip. Emulation= you have an Apple Silicon RISC chip. Windows XP runs smoothly allocating it just 512 Mb RAM.
The most frequent problem that users contact me about is caused by an insufficient Windows permission level, which will give error 75 or possibly a message on start-up of "error accessing the system directory". To fix it, right click on the icon for the astrology program and select Run as Administrator. Try this if you get error 75, Path/File Access Error, when you go to open a saved chart. You normally just have to do this once. This also fixes error 15, File not found, which only started happening in the year 2019.
In the year 2020, customers who have Norton antivirus installed to Windows 10 started experiencing installation problems. Uninstalling Norton fixes the installation problem. Many people do not know that with Windows 10, they no longer need an additional anti-virus program. Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender, which in my experience does the job.
On the AstrolDeluxe CD, you may notice a folder called EditInterpretationsForComputersWithOneGigOrMoreOfRAM. You can run the setup.exe in this folder in order to be able to edit interpretations on a computer with 1 Gigabyte or more of RAM memory.
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This page is where you can download two community sets of forecast interpretations for use with AstrolDeluxe. One contains progressed aspect interpretations and the other contains transiting aspect interpretations. My hope is that in time these sets will become repositories of accurate interpretations for all the possible aspects. The two files are called
pubtranc.hlt. They are compatible both with AstrolDeluxe and with the Edit Interpretations program that comes with it.
From the PubProg Introduction: "The following report draws upon a community-based set of progressions interpretations. The initial foundation of this set is from Alan Leo's 1906 book The Progressed Horoscope. In September of 2019 John Halloran pasted in all of Alan Leo's progressed aspect interpretations. Any astrologer can improve and add to this interpretation set using the Edit Interpretations program that comes with AstrolDeluxe. Its Add New button lets you add aspect interpretations for new planet points. Contact John Halloran about incorporating additions into the zip file that is an Updates Page download at https://www.halloran.com. This Introduction will acknowledge major contributions."
From the PubTran Introduction: "The following report draws upon a community-based set of transits interpretations. The initial foundation of this set is from Alan Leo's 1906 book The Progressed Horoscope, which includes a set of transiting planet conjunction interpretations. Then Hank Friedman gave limited permission for Halloran Software to make use of his modern Soul Healing transits interpretations, which includes transiting aspects to the Moon's Node. Any astrologer can improve and add to this interpretation set using the Edit Interpretations program that comes with AstrolDeluxe. Its Add New button lets you add aspect interpretations for new planet points. Contact John Halloran about incorporating additions into the zip file that is an Updates Page download at https://www.halloran.com. This Introduction will acknowledge major contributions."
Click to download a zip with a self-extractor that will give you the opportunity to unzip
pubprogc.hjpinto the c:\winastro\ folder on your hard disk.
Click to download a zip with a self-extractor that will give you the opportunity to unzip
pubtranc.hltinto the c:\winastro\ folder on your hard disk.
Version 8 fixed the problem where users with 64-bit versions of Windows could sometimes find that the CD autoplay program would not start. They got a system registry error message and didn't get the autoplay screen with the Saturn picture and the button choices to Install AstrolDeluxe and Install Add-Ons. If the Autoplay program does not start, you can bypass it by right-clicking on the CD drive icon and selecting Explore. Then scroll down to and run the setup.exe.
If you have a problem with the boxes on the Natal Information screen being too small and the elastic resizing control not working, especially on a large monitor, a Windows 11 customer fixed this by going in Windows to Settings, System, Display and in the "Scale and layout" section using the Scale drop-down menu to change the scale setting from 100% to either 150% or 175%. You can also open the Program Compatibility troubleshooter by right-clicking a program's icon or shortcut and then clicking Troubleshoot compatibility. If part of a caption is cut off on the Natal Information screen, here is a page of solutions.
If your page display is very long and falls outside the range of your physical screen area at the bottom, with nothing that you do allowing you to see the whole screen, then the cause is probably the following:
With Windows 7 Pro, the Display option on the Control Panel has three different settings for the Letters and Font Size. Here are the three different settings below, as I had it set to Larger - 150% to make it a little easier to read, and reset it to Medium - 125% (Default) to fix the issue:
* Smaller - 100%
* Medium - 125%
* Larger - 150%
If you have 64-bit Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 and want to run the hobbyist-level Astrology for Windows program, version 3 of that program is finally available for download. It works on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. See the Astrology for Windows description.
Add a collection of 30 more asteroids, including trans-Neptunian objects, to the 53 that come with AstrolDeluxe. To see the names of the 53 included asteroids, click here.
To see the names of the 30 asteroids/objects which the download will add to your program, click here. The files for Sedna (90377) were added to the version 8 CD. All of these objects will be calculated to one-minute accuracy for the time period 1800 A.D. to 2100 A.D when you click on Display, Asteroids. The Research module towards the end of the Options menu now lets you find charts that have a particular asteroid in aspect to a planet in your collection of saved charts, including the famousp.cht file of 5600 famous charts that comes with AstrolDeluxe Platinum (search is on the Search Two tab, By Aspect).
Click to download the self-extracting collection of 30 additional asteroids. When you run the self-extracting program, it will give you the opportunity to unzip the collection into the c:\winastro\asteroid\ folder on your hard disk.
The KidZone and KidZone with Sun/Moon natal interpretation sets were missing sign placement delineations for Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries and Taurus, and Neptune in Pisces. You can download a program that will add the four missing delineations to your old versions 1 and 2 child natal interpretation set (the adult natal interpretation sets already have these delineations and so do the version 3 KidZone Combo interpretations). To update your KidZone interpretation file, download and run this file and click on its Unzip button.
There is a time zones update for the PC Atlas that is bundled with versions 7 and 8.0 of AstrolDeluxe ReportWriter. We can thank programmer Ray White at Astrolabe for creating this update. It corrects some errors and tries to extend the time changes into the future at least until 2015. To update the PC Atlas timezone histories from versions 7 and 8 of AstrolDeluxe ReportWriter, apply this compressed executable file. If you have version 8.1 or newer of AstrolDeluxe then you do not need and should not apply this download.
I have gotten a report that the above update also successfully updated the time zone changes tables in the older PC Atlas that is bundled with versions 6.0 - 6.3 of AstrolDeluxe ReportWriter. At the bottom of your ACS Atlas Lookup form in AstrolDeluxe ReportWriter there is a Table button that will let you see all the past and future time zone changes for any selected location.
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